COASTAL LIVING READERS VOTE BEAUFORT, SOUTH CAROLINA “AMERICA’S HAPPIEST SEASIDE TOWN” 2013

New York, NY (May 07, 2013) – Beaufort, South Carolina tops Coastal Living’s second annual list of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns.” The complete list of the 10 best places to live by the sea, as ranked by consumers, is featured in the June 2013 issue of Coastal Living, on newsstands May 17.

Coastal Living editors unveiled their list of the 10 “Happiest Seaside Towns” in the February 2013 issue and invited America to vote for their favorite. Consumers could vote hourly from January 10 to February 28 online or via smartphone. Fans rallied around their favorite towns and voted often. Beaufort came in first place followed by Harwich Port, Massachusetts.

“Beaufort is a beautiful destination; a jewel in South Carolina’s coastal crown surrounded by sea, marsh and palmetto,” said Duane Parrish, director of the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. “Coastal Living’s recognition underscores this appeal, letting the world know what we’ve known for centuries – that Beaufort is a must-see attraction and an unforgettable place.”

“We’re excited about the designation awarded to us by Coastal Living’s readers as ‘America’s Happiest Seaside Town,’” said Robb Wells, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce’s tourism division executive. “Beaufort’s appeal to locals and tourists alike is reflected in its Southern charm and history that we’re all very proud of and eager to share.”

Coastal Living announces “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” 2013 in order as ranked by consumers:

1.   Beaufort, SC
2.   Harwich Port, MA
3.   Sanibel Island, FL
4.   Sag Harbor, NY
5.   Newport, RI
6.   Rowayton, CT
7.   Kennebunkport, ME
8.   Pā’ia Town, Maui, HI
9.   La Jolla, CA
10. Pescadero, CA

Coastal Living chose its 2013 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” finalists based on criteria that included ranking on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, percentage of sunny days, healthiness of beaches, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of the locals, geographic diversity, and an editorial assessment of “coastal vibe.” Coastal locations named as “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” in 2012 were not eligible to make the current list.

For the full list of towns, visit coastalliving.com/happytowns2013.

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